Early morning, and the sea crashes behind a veil of fog so thick the coastline can only be sensed, not seen. Walkers and joggers move like apparitions along the California Coastal Trail, a paved path that wanders for miles atop 100-foot bluffs, dropping here and there to a pocket beach or a broad strand where surfers bob in the lineup, waiting to catch a wave.
Silicon Beach is the name given to the tech corridor that spreads across Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey and Playa Vista. Silicon Valley giants like Google, Facebook and Yahoo! have established outposts here. Meanwhile, there are more than 1,000 tech startups in LA, according to RepresentLA, which maps tech companies in the area. Also in the mix are homegrown online enterprises such as Snapchat and The Honest Company, the Santa Monica-based eco-sensitive household products company that was launched by actress Jessica Alba.